Julie B. Maglio

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Julie B. Maglio has experience in art, graphic arts, web design and development. She also has a strong scientific background, co-authoring a scientific paper on modeling the migration and population dynamics of the monarch butterfly, while attending the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at Cornell University. She holds a B.A. from New College of Florida, majoring in Biology.

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A first for county department: volunteer firefighters

September 07, 2016 - 20:14
Hernando County FIre Rescue

Hernando County is beginning a volunteer fire rescue program, the first of its kind for the county department.

Currently there are 5 volunteers who have joined the program and the department is looking to get as many as 20, explained Alex Lopez, Division Fire Chief. After an application is filed, a background check is performed and an interview is setup for qualified candidates.

"The responsibilities [of a volunteer firefighter] are actually quite similar to a regular firefighter," explained Lopez. "The biggest difference is whether they are paid or not."

Hernando County School Board at the center of Judge's decision

August 30, 2016 - 19:37

"Parents and their children were adversely and improperly harmed by the Hernando County School Board and State Education Defendant's conduct."

- Judge Karen Gievers

Judge Karen Gievers, 2nd Judicial Circuit Court

It is being reported that a decision by Judge Karen Gievers of the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court on Friday Aug. 26th, 2016 has a big impact for the "opt-out" movement. The case involves several districts not promoting third graders to fourth grade based strictly on testing and the denial of the portfolio evaluation route. At the center of the decision is the Hernando County School Board.

Take a day trip: Clearwater Beach

August 27, 2016 - 12:45
A view of Clearwater Beach from the pier

Clearwater Beach, just an hour south of Hernando County, is a good option if you have a hankering for sand, sun and clear calm Gulf waters.

It is a great beach option for families as there is a playground area, a pier, public restrooms and showers to rinse off.

A promenade along Mandalay Avenue offers shops and restaurants for beachgoers and visitors.

The fascinating stories of Aripeka's Littell family

August 26, 2016 - 10:43
Littell fishing cabin in Aripeka

George Washington Coon Littell and his wife Amanda came to Hudson from Missouri in 1886. George Littell was born in Illinois and served in the third Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War. They came to Florida hoping the climate would improve the health of their son Weaver. Weaver sadly passed away that same year. The family settled in Aripeka in 1891. He served as Argo postmaster and teacher at the Argo school. The couple had 13 children and lived to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in 1932.

Female inmates train dogs for adoption

August 25, 2016 - 19:36
Dolly, currently one of the 5 trainees.

Several counties throughout Florida have implemented Florida Department of Corrections Inmate Dog training programs. And no program is alike, explained Cris Johnson, Director of the Pen Pals inmate dog training program in Hernando County. She explained that some programs focus on particular breeds, while others aim to train the dogs using a certain method.

Nick Ruggiero was dedicated to community, country and family

August 08, 2016 - 11:14

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Nick Ruggiero, far left, former Spring Hill Fire Chief

Nick Ruggiero oversaw the growth of the Spring Hill Fire Department from "meager beginnings" to the establishment of three fire stations with paid staff, dispatchers, EMTs and up to date fire engines and ambulances.

Looking at the statement above in the year 2016, without prior knowledge of those meager beginnings, it is difficult to understand the progress that was made between the time Ruggiero started as a volunteer with the Department in 1968 and when he resigned as Fire Chief in 1985.

Improvements at Citrus Way and 98 Intersection

August 07, 2016 - 16:13
Citrus Way and 98, Brooksville

We have received additional details from the county on steps that are currently being taken to avert additional crashes at the intersection of Citrus Way and 98. County Engineer, Mark Guttman explained that they will be installing rumble strips north and south of US 98 on Citrus Way as well as 48" stop signs. Currently vehicles traveling east and west have a yellow flashing light, while Citrus Way vehicles have a red flashing light and stop sign. There is also a warning device installed for the upcoming stop on Citrus Way.

Have a Good Day Thai has new chef

July 17, 2016 - 03:17

Have a Good Day Thai has been open for a several months, providing authentic Thai food to Spring Hill and even travelers commuting to and from Tampa.

In hiring a chef, Mr. and Mrs. Nontavatit, owners of the fast casual restaurant felt that they needed to bring in a chef directly from Thailand, to prepare truly authentic Thai cuisine.

The process to get Chef Patinya Areerom to the U.S. was lengthy, but Mr. Areerom brings with him a solid background in Thai culinary arts.

A love story with a model A, a gas station and a big oak tree

July 15, 2016 - 14:08

Patti and Elwood "Buster" Webb celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on June 24, 2016 with a gathering of family and friends at Papa Joe's, a popular local restaurant. The couple met as sophomores in Hernando High School in October of 1952. Patti and Buster said they were extremely pleased with the hard work their daughters did to put the event together. They were also happy to see good friends they hadn't seen for years.

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